Library Blog - October 2023
Advancing loneliness and social isolation as global health challenges: taking three priority actions
Loneliness and social isolation have been identified as critical global health issues in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. While there is robust scientific evidence demonstrating the impact of loneliness and social isolation on health outcomes and mortality, there are fundamental issues to resolve so that health authorities, decision-makers, and practitioners worldwide are informed and aligned with the latest evidence. This paper argues that three priority actions are needed achieve a wider and more substantial impact on loneliness and social isolation:
- strengthening the evidence base;
- adopting a whole-of-systems approach;
- developing policy support for governments worldwide.
Human Rights 75 is an initiative whose three main goals focus on universality, progress and engagement under the leadership of UN Human Rights, together with its partners. The initiative culminates in a high-level event in December 2023 that will announce global pledges and ideas for a vision for the future of human rights.
The Social Inclusion Action Group (SIAG) is a flagship program recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System, and aims to bring together a diverse group of people to develop initiatives that focus on social inclusion, wellbeing and mental health.
Tenants Victoria is a nonprofit organisation that supports and advocates for Victorian tenants. The "Know your rental rights" series contains 4 videos: Repairs, Bonds, Compensation and Condition reports.
Scanlon Foundation Research InstituteExcept for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, every Australian traces their roots to somewhere else. Since the time of Federation, the politics of who gets to start anew in this land has been a dominant theme.
According to recent results from the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute’s Mapping Social Cohesion survey’s, there has been a significant increase in positive attitudes towards migrants in Australia. 76% of people agreed that “immigrants make Australia stronger” in the 2022 survey, up from 63% in 2018, and 94% agreed that born outside of Australia can be just as good citizens as those born within the country.
However, an ever-developing housing crisis, an increase in the expected number of migrants for the year 2023, and a comprehensive overhaul of the migration system announced by the Albanese Labor government has brought further complication to the conversation surrounding migration in Australian.
Together, our guests delve into the nuances of Australia’s migration system, the impacts migrants have on our communities, and the necessary reforms needed to build a more cohesive society.
Kim Rubenstein and James Blackwell
In 2023 Australians are being asked to change the Constitution. If we are being asked to change something, shouldn’t we know what is in it already? Sure, we know something about ‘the vibe’ of it from the Castle, but what else?
In this 8-part podcast series, It’s Not Just the Vibe, it’s the Constitution! Kim Rubenstein and James Blackwell talk about just that – how the Constitution came to be, what is in it already, and what the 2023 referendum is about!
The Melbourne Institute and The Australian present the 2023 Economic and Social Outlook Conference. The Conference is the only national forum of its kind that provides leading politicians, bureaucrats, academics, and policy and industry analysts with a platform to tackle the critical issues facing Australia today. The theme at this year’s conference is ‘Bold Ideas for a Defining Decade’ and will feature discussions that explore how policy and economic innovation can help achieve this vision for the nation.